Mental health is a significant factor in the overall functioning and medical health of our hospitalized elders. Our consultation psychiatry service addresses the mental health issues of hospitalized patients in the context of their medical condition and overall health.
Consultation is provided by multidisciplinary teams headed by a psychiatrist. The team includes psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychiatric nurse clinicians, nurse specialists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric residents, who work together to evaluate and care for patients whose psychiatric problems affect their medical conditions or whose medical illness generates psychiatric (neuropsychiatric) symptoms or conditions.
Skilled in addressing the unique issues of geriatric patients, including pain management, dementia evaluation, decision-making ability, and need for subsequent care, the team works closely with patients' physicians, social workers, and nursing staff to ensure that the mental health needs of both patients and their families are met.
Among the conditions treated are dementia, delirium, depression, agitation, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, and substance abuse. In some cases, patients may be referred to our other specialized services, including inpatient and outpatient services, the Nursing Home Psychiatry Consultation Program, the Neuropsychology Program, or the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center.
Requests for inpatient medical/surgical consultation are made through the patient's attending physician.
Director: Jeffrey Burock, MD